Lawless means 1. not regulated by or based on law and 2. a: not restrained or controlled by law: unruly b: illegal .

Jesus said in Matthew 7:23, “Depart from me you who practice lawlessness!”

2 Thessalonians 2:7
For the mystery of lawlessness (that hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority) is already at work in the world, [but it is] restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way. 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8

This blog started yesterday when I had a discussion with a co-worker about the use of cell phones.

We have a sign in our staff room that says in big letters “Please leave your personal phones in the staff room. Do not use them around the clients,” or words to that effect. At our last staff meeting, earlier in the week, the use of phones was one of the topics and the statement was simple; “no one is to use their personal phones during work time.”

When I came on shift yesterday, there sat one of the workers at the kitchen table with one of the clients sitting there too. I heard a funny sound and looked to see her texting away on her phone. She is new so I said to her, “do you know that we are not allowed to use our phones out here while we are working?” She said, “Well, everybody else does.” That logic fit well with the old adage about the sheep following each other off the cliff.

I took the time to explain to her that there is “work” to do, we are not paid to text our friends and play games on our phones. Obviously, she could not get that concept from the look she gave me. After my talk she said, “Well it is different now then it used to be, we have new technology.” So the technology we have defines if we obey laws or not? I gave up and both of the workers played with their phones through the whole shift, deliberately defying rules written and verbal.

Then today while I was looking for news articles for my website, I came across one on cell phone usage in planes. The lead lines said, you are likely more than familiar with the tech warnings airline personnel give prior to takeoff and just before landing: Ladies and gentlemen, please discontinue the use of portable electronic devices. While some people choose to ignore or have simply become immune to this all-too-familiar message, new research indicates that the use of various technologies can actually interfere with the operation of an airplane.

They had a very good video with the article, showing proof of how the devices can disrupt the operation of the plane. You can see that video on my website, on the first page.

The thing I found interesting but awful was the comments after the article where nearly everyone said they ignored the rules and used their phones whenever they wanted. They said the government and authorities lie so why should we listen to them. There were other statements about rights etc.

My first question is, seriously, why would the experts bother to lie about something like this? Just to mess with the mind of people who want to use their cell phones? What sense does that make? I know the government lies a lot but usually they have an agenda bigger than trying to tick off the masses that are addicted to their cell phones.

I think my biggest question is, why would you take a chance? It is your life, the lives of hundreds of people. Are we so brainwashed and deluded by technology that we believe we can’t be without our phone for a couple hours while flying? On the other hand, is it just plain arrogance?

Then the word lawless came into my mind. I thought to myself that I have read that word in the Bible many times. I looked up the meaning, which I have at the top and then the scriptures that mentioned lawlessness. Look at the meaning of lawless and how the people in society act; not restrained or controlled by law.

You can see it in your work place just as I do; on the road where people drive and text; on planes where they put people at risk just so they can text to someone of check their e-mail. I heard on the news about a woman who was pushing her pram with her baby in it while she was texting something on her phone and walked in front of a moving vehicle. Fortunately, for her the driver was able to stop before hitting her.

So that is my soapbox for today. As Christians, we should all be concerned about what God says about lawlessness. If you don’t believe in God, still think about the total ignoring of laws and where that will take society in the end.

Below are more scriptures that speak of lawlessness if you’d like to do your own research on what God says.

Matthew 13:41
The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,
Matthew 13:40-42

Matthew 23:28
Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Matthew 23:27-29

Matthew 24:12
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Matthew 24:11-13

2 Thessalonians 2:7
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
2 Thessalonians 2:6-8

Hebrews 1:9
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”
Hebrews 1:8-10


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